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Elim Village Garrison Crossing residents at a summer event
September 6, 2022
Garrison Crossing

The Hawthorn Exceeds Expectations

Anything worth having is worth waiting for, and The Hawthorn at Elim Village Garrison Crossing proves it!

New faces become new friends

It’s tough to be the new face in the crowd, no matter how welcoming the building is. For new residents of the Hawthorn though, this needn’t be a concern. Within days of opening, new residents came up with an idea to foster connection: A community table at the Hawthorn’s Alpine Bistro. Bob, one of the initiators, notes that, “There were a few of us who moved into the Hawthorn on our own, but were looking for a place to share lunch and dinner with other residents,” and so the Community Table was born.

Since then, the Community Table has become a fixture—and not just for residents of The Hawthorn. Residents from the other Independent Living buildings onsite also gather there to enjoy their meals in fellowship. Bob notes that, “The staff here are so friendly and have been patient in helping us adjust to our new home… they’ve made sure we’re taken care of.”

For Lois, the Community Table has become part of her daily routine. “When we see a new resident looking around… we invite them to join us; it’s allowed us to meet so many new people. From the chef to the housekeeper, all of the staff are so welcoming too. I have not met so many friendly people in one building before! We’re all very happy to be here and it’s so nice to be able to say that!”

The Hawthorn’s Alpine Bistro is serving up fresh, delicious dishes every day. And you never have to worry about eating alone—there’s always room at the Community Table (as pictured).

A night out with the gang—next door!

While there are different buildings on our Garrison Crossing campus, The Hawthorn is becoming something of a destination. When Blanche received the invite to dine at the Hawthorn’s Alpine Bistro with her neighbours in Independent Living, she jumped at the chance. “We picked the day that worked best, and everyone came. It was so great to see familiar faces and meet the new folks from our floor,” she says. “And it’s so easy to enjoy meals there. You don’t have to organize anything, just go!”

Share a tale and tame your mane

Among The Hawthorn’s many amenities, the Clearwater Spa Hair Salon is proving to be very popular—and not just for the great hairstyles. After returning from a trip, Cathy, an Independent Living resident, found herself in need of a haircut. “It’s so nice that the hair salon is just a quick walk over from my home,” she says. “Jennifer, the hairdresser, did a fabulous job and we had a lovely chat!” Jennifer concurs: “There’s nothing worse than having a hairdresser who doesn’t talk!” she says. It’s true that the people make the home, and our staff are warm, welcoming, and happy to shoot the breeze!

If you are looking for a place to call home, a place where you can spend time with old friends and make new ones, get in touch with us to find out more! Contact us at 604-769-0022 or You can also find us on Facebook here or stay up-to-date by subscribing to our mailing list here.

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